Plastics are at the center of a lot of public policy discussions right now, at levels ranging from city halls to the United Nations. With all that attention, it's clear that new regulations are on the way for the plastics industry.
While industry lobbying groups want to have input into just what those new rules will cover, many of them also want to make sure that whatever happens will be consistent.
PN's Steve Toloken writes that at a recent event held during the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, members of the Business Coalition for a Global Plastics Treaty stressed the need for harmonized worldwide goals to speed packaging transition.
"We need ambitious global measures that are legally binding to level the playing field and enable us to move faster, so that we can redesign our products, so that we can redesign our packaging, faster," said Allison Lin, global vice president of packaging sustainability at Mars Inc. who represented the coalition. Lin also is a former executive with Westfall Technik Inc., a molder and mold maker, so she's aware of the ripple effect to individual companies, not just global conglomerates.
"We want harmonized regulations because it's very inefficient the way we're doing things," Lin added. "It's very expensive to adhere to multiple EPR systems."